Video Release: May 26, 2003
Theatrical Release: 1998
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
- Runtime: 113 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
The year is 1971. India is on the brink of war with Pakistan over the issue of ten million refugees from East Pakistan who threaten the stability of India's economy and resources. In Bombay, Parsi family man and bank clerk Gustad Noble (Seth) has carved out a peaceful daily routine for himself amidst the city's crowded streets, insistent beggars and ceaselessly honking car horns. In the space of a few days, however, his quiet existence begins to fall apart. His rebellious college student son runs away, his young daughter contracts malaria and his wife begins practicing witchcraft under the tutelage of the crazy old woman upstairs. When Gustad receives a message from a mysterious old friend asking for a favor, he doesn't think twice. He is asked to meet a stranger at a bookseller's stall in the marketplace to pick up a bag. Upon his arrival at home, Gustad discovers that the bag contains a large amount of Indian currency, which he must take the risk of depositing in a bank account. Unfortunately, his old friend is involved in some very dangerous and illegal political dealings, and Gustad's involvement will cause him to question his loyalty to his family, his friends and his own faith.
IN THEATRES: MARCH 24, 2000 (19 CITIES) Adapted from the 1991 book by Rohinton Mistry, SUCH A LONG JOURNEY is a realistic and eye-opening look at a city, culture and political struggle that few Westerners have experienced firsthand. Dealing heavily with the beliefs of the Parsis (a group who fled Persia in the 8th century, settling in India and retaining their own unique language and beliefs to this day) the film utilizes the timeless plot of a common man becoming unstrung due to a series of mishaps beyond his control. When Gustad Noble, a bank clerk and family man, does a favor for a long-lost friend who has shady and potentially dangerous political motives, his simple life is turned upside down in a city already brimming with chaos. A largely British and Canadian crew, led by Icelandic-born director Gunnarsson, has both faithfully adapted the source novel and carefully represented the culture it depicts. Veteran actor Seth (GANDHI) turns in another valuable performance as Gustad. The photography captures the rich earth tones of Bombay, prescribing a peculiar serenity to the turbulent city.
Theatrical Release: March 24, 2000 (19 Cities)